Morten Linde and Jorn Werdelin
Linde Werdelin was founded in 2002 by Morten Linde and Jorn Werdelin and it specialises in producing limited and numbered series of watches and instruments. Linde Werdelin watches are made in Switzerland; the designers are Danish.
By combining both analogue and digital technologies, Linde Werdelin produces and manufactures mechanical watches along with instruments for skiing and diving that clip on top of the watch. Linde Werdelin limited and numbered editions of up to 100 pieces.
Linde Werdelin is a watch and instrument company founded by two Danes, Morten Linde and Jorn Werdelin. The Idea was born out of a skiing accident when, in 1996, Jorn Werdelin, a keen mountaineer and off-piste skier, was taken by surprise in a bout of bad weather, got lost, skied off a cliff and broke his back.
In 2002, he partnered with Morten Linde around The Idea: a high-end sportswatch which could, when required, be combined with a digital instrument to provide information for skiing or diving.
SpidoSpeed Steel Chronograph
The ‘watch-plus-instrument’ idea took five years of research and development before the first Linde Werdelin watch collection went to market in 2006. Linde Werdelin is the only high-end watch company producing digital instruments for skiing and diving. They work with professional mountaineers and divers for product-testing and development. Linde Werdelin watches and instruments were used on the first ever confirmed free climb to the summit Mount Everest in 2007.
SpidoLite SA All Black Titanium DLC
The Linde Werdelin watch collection is split between two main groups: the Spido and Oktopus family. The Spidos are further sub-divided into the SpidoSpeeds, which have chronograph complications, and the SpidoLites. The Oktopus are sub-divided into the Double Date and Moonphase which have differing complications.
All their watches can also carry both digital instruments as well as be worn with any Linde Werdelin strap. The digital instruments are the Reef (for diving) and the Rock (for skiing) and can be considered to be acting as external complications for the watches. While all Linde Werdelin watches are made entirely in Switzerland, the instruments are developed in-house in Denmark.
Linde Werdelin is also known for their DLC (Diamond-like Carbon) watches. Their first series of Hard Black DLC watches was launched in October 2008 and sold out instantly.
Another aspect of Linde Werdelin, especially prevalent in the Spido family, is the extreme skeletonisation of the case, which is done both for style and to lighten the watch dramatically. This increases the sports aspect and Jorn and Morten found their inspiration for this in the Formula 1 industry. Further reference to the motor racing industry is evident in the SpidoSpeed, from the material used on the dial (which was previously used as dashboards in 1940s racing cars) to the small holes on the subdials resembling the brake discs to the round cut-out details on the strap which make reference to driving gloves.
Announced at BaselWorld, Linde Werdelin is launching three new watches for 2014 – two of these are in the Spido family and the other is an Oktopus.
The SpidoSpeed Rose Gold Black and SpidoSpeed Green take that idea of skeletonisation further than was previously seen in the SpidoLite Tech. These new Spidos are skeletonised not just in the outercase but also into the dial and movement.
The Linde Werdelin Oktopus is characterised by being able to go down to great depths and the Oktopus MoonLite is no different. It is made from a special alloy called ALW which makes this the lightest Linde Werdelin ever, weighing in at just 62.5 grams total for case and movement.
Linde Werdelin watches are exclusively made in Switzerland. In the beginning, ETA SA provided 2892.A2to implant on earlier models. This movement is one of the most accurate and reliable produced by ETA (less than four seconds per day during quality control). Linde Werdelin is working with independent watch-makers to craft precision and custom-made movements and it has a very transparent policy that it does not aspire to make any movements itself but would rather prefer to make their watches using the best suppliers available.
SpidoSpeed – Concepto 2251 LW03
At BaselWorld 2009, Linde Werdelin presented the SpidoLite, which comes with a vintage movement modified by Svend Andersen of Andersen Geneve and founder of AHCI. This marked the beginning of Linde Werdelin’s ongoing collaboration with independent watch makers.
At Basel World 2010 Linde Werdelin launched another movement to realise the first high-end mechanical diving watch with a moonphase, the Oktopus Moonphase. Linde Werdelin launched a series of 29 pieces of the Oktopus Moonphase, with the moonphase complication being built by Danish watchmaker Svend Andersen.
It was designed by Frédéric Piguet, known for producing high-end complications. Brands like Breguet, for example, are using Frédéric Piguet complications in their watches. At BaselWorld 2011 Linde Werdelin launched the LW03. This movement is made by an independent Swiss manufacturer called Concepto, realised by Valérien Jaquet. From a watchmaking family, Jaquet has realised this movement only for Linde Werdelin to carry the SpidoSpeed Chronograph. The LW03 carries a calendar and a small second.
Linde Werdelin Oktopus II Moon Black Limited Edition
Oktopus II Moon’s complication displays the existing phase of the moon on its dial, just as you see it in the sky. As the moon moves clockwise through its monthly cycle, more of its surface is illumined..
The case back is finely engraved with an octopus drawing created by Morten Linde. The crown carries an engraved octopus symbol. A series of 59 pieces, starting with 47 pieces in titanium black DLC and ceramic.
LINDE WERDELIN retains a vast knowledge of the diving universe, thanks to the development of the Reef, its proprietary diving instrument. The decision to have the moon phase complication, on a divers watch, originally came with the first model launched in 2010. Jorn Werdelin explains, “moonlight creates the perfect conditions for afterhour sports activities and particularly diving. More people these days enjoy sports under the full moon. One can plan their next diving trip by checking when the next full moon is going to be, then clip the Reef for a safe dive.”
There is a fascinating aspect about the moon and its relation between man and time throughout history. “Originally the moon’s influence on men’s lives has always been highly impactful, moving oceans, moods and inspirations, making it critical to keep track of its phases.
This study led to the creation of our modern calendar, allowing a wider understanding of the past and demonstrating a tight connection with time offering LINDE WERDELIN watchmakers an additional impulse to developing this complication,” says Morten Linde.
The Oktopus II Moon takes LINDE WERDELIN on a further challenge since the launch of its original moonphase dive watch, bringing for the first time the complication in-house. Oktopus II Moon’s complication displays the existing phase of the moon on its dial, just as you see it in the sky. As the moon moves clockwise through its monthly cycle, more of its surface is illumined.
The dial consists of three skeletonised layers, conveying immediate depth to the watch. On the bottom lays the moon disk. A metallic cut out surface, resembling the night sky, carries each luminous moon in a blue shade. The second skeletonised layer or lower dial bears a circular Côtes de Genève while the upper and third part is skeletonised and features the LINDE WERDELIN logo, indexes and numerals as well as the three hands. Deliberately luminous, to enhance readability. The full moon is always indicated with a white mark visible through the lower dial. Numerals 11, 10, 9, displayed between 1 and 2 o’clock allow a more precise track of the lunar cycle.
Oktopus II Moon’s complication displays the existing phase of the moon on its dial, just as you see it in the sky. As the moon moves clockwise through its monthly cycle, more of its surface is illumined.. The case back is finely engraved with an octopus drawing created by Morten Linde. The crown carries an engraved octopus symbol. A series of 59 pieces, starting with 47 pieces in titanium black DLC and ceramic.
Price $ 15,200 (= C$ 17,466)